Modify Your Bathroom Now to Make Life Easier When You’re Older

Nursing Home Blog

Consider the changes you can make to your home that would create a safer and more comfortable environment for yourself and your family when you grow older. The bathroom is a great place to start making changes. Without modifications, the bathroom can pose dangers for seniors, who can fall while using the tub, shower, sink, or toilet. Here’s what you can do:

Make Your Bathtub or Shower Safer

Seniors can fall when trying to step over the edge of a bathtub. Make it easier to get in and out of a tub by installing a walk-in bathtub.

Seniors may also feel unsteady while standing in a tub or shower. A seat will add safety and promote a sense of security. This can be as simple as buying a shower bench or seat, or as elaborate as creating a built-in seating arrangement.

Shower and sink faucets can be challenging for seniors, especially if they have arthritis in their hands. Consider installing an easy-to-use faucet with a lever handle.

Adding grab bars to your shower or tub area is an important modification that is inexpensive, but very helpful.

Make Your Toilet Safer and Easier to Use

Standard toilets may be too low for seniors, causing problems in sitting down and standing up. A toilet a few inches taller can make all the difference. An even easier modification is to get a new toilet seat that will add a few inches of height.

Some senior-friendly toilets come with additional options to make life even easier, such as built-in bidets and powerful self-cleaning systems.

Replace Towel Bars with Grab Bars

A normal reaction when someone slips in the bathroom is to reach for a towel bar. Unfortunately, towel bars are not strong enough for this purpose and can make matters worse by coming out of the wall. Replacing towel bars with grab bars enables the bars to serve two functions – providing a place to hang towels and enhancing the safety of the bathroom.

Here at Garcia, Artigliere & Medby, we are committed to seeing seniors live safe and dignified lives, whether they are aging in place at home or residing in a nursing home. If you suspect a loved one is not being treated the way they should be, an elder abuse lawyer can help. Call us at 1-800-281-8515 to find out more.